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First of all, you state: I realize that vaccines are a controversial topic, That is not exactly correct in a legitimate sense. The only "controversy" is manufactured. Most, if not all, the things said about vaccines by the anti-vax pro-disease folks are lies. Competent and ethical practitioners of medicine all support vaccines. To specifically ...


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About 3 weeks ago we took her to the doctor for her MMR vaccination and since then we noticed that she gradually lost her appetite and refused to eat. The timing of this change in appetite is obviously somewhat alarming to you. Parents often have a pretty good sense of if their children are truly ill (or different.) You've seen two doctors now who have ...


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According to the CDC, you should look for... any unusual condition, such as a high fever, weakness, or behavior changes. Signs of a serious allergic reaction can include difficulty breathing, hoarseness or wheezing, hives, paleness, weakness, a fast heart beat or dizziness. If that's what you're seeing, I hope you called a doctor right after posting your ...


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I would not spend a lot of time and effort "preparing" him - that way you risk building it up in his mind into a big scary thing. A huge part of pain perception is to do with psychological state and expectations of pain - if you expect something to hurt, it will hurt more than if you don't. So: don't mention it until the day, or even until you're setting ...


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First, you need to calm down about it yourself. Children cue off their parents' reactions. If you're freaked out, he will be too. The mildest disease is 100 times worse than a shot. Second, don't lie about what it will be like, or else every time you go to a doctor he will expect the worst. Tell him the facts without either sensationalizing or ...


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Worry is a normal part of parenting. Internet advice from another parent may help, but do try and take comfort in the current diagnosis from your local doctors. Babies, children, and even adults go through phases of liking and disliking foods, phases of wanting to eat lots and wanting to eat little. Last week, my daughter would barely pick at her food. ...


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The key to lessening pain of a vaccination is not to tense up your muscles. I had my kids practice "make your arm soft" and poke them with my finger. It's easy to demonstrate that a simple finger poke hurts more on a tense arm than a soft one. Then just as the doctor or nurse approaches their arm with the needle, remind them "make your arm soft" and it ...


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From experience, if a child refuses to eat, it may be because she's coming down with a cold, gastro-enteritis or someting. It could also be a mild virus infection that shows no "real" symptoms - there are like a billion of viruses out there and a clear diagnosis is sometimes almost impossible. Usually nothing to worry about. Another very simple reason to ...


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When I need an annual flu shot or other vaccination, I like to bring my son with me (schedule permitting) so he can watch. Seeing me go through it, understand that we all have to do it, and that it's not a big deal or especially painful, makes it less of an anxiety when he needs to have one himself. We also discussed often (even at age 4) the purpose of ...


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In addition to Karl's point, most people have a reaction to vaccines. It is just more worrying when it is a child as it can be so difficult to gauge seriousness. Common reactions, as j.rightly said, include fever, loss of appetite, and being tired. If anything else happens, call the doctor - but also, call them if you are worried at all by anything out of ...


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Correlation, not causation, is the problem here. Nothing "causes" autism, it is a natural state for people. It's not even an "illness", it's a combination of personality and behavioral states that we classify as a condition simply because it is outside of "social norms". In short: "it just happens" The parents have heard that vaccination causes Autism, so ...


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Maybe try talking to him about being brave and having courage. How he's a big boy now and he can be very brave, like a super hero that he may like. Do not make a big deal of the vaccinations, say it's 3 pinches, it will pinch for a little bit and it will be over soon. Reassure him that you'll be there with him and will hold him tight. Then you could ...


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I will answer the question directly in a mo, but first an anecdote. My oldest sons (20,18 as of this writing) had the 'pops'. When the 18 was 3, he got it before the mother of the 20 and I got married. So we got them together and they both dealt with it. That was 1995. By 2005 it was a STATE REQUIRED (Missouri) immunization for my then 4yo to get into early ...


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Every vaccination should be documented in your child's Carte Jaune - make sure your current pediatrician issues one. This will document the dates, type of vaccine and manufacturer, any other doctor should be able to continue the vaccination routine according to national or international standards. This document will in the future also record vaccinations ...


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I can't personally testify to the absence of medical risks, but we've done exactly what you describe with our 2 youngest kids, and I think with our 3 older kids as well. Unless I disagreed with the importance of the vaccines, I wouldn't delay getting them due to travel plans. On the contrary, it makes sense to me that all of our traveling adds to their risk,...


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